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Louis' Friend

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  1. Laura is one of my top ten movies of all time. The sets, the cast, the story and of course the twist. I've always loved the opening with Waldo Lydecker's narration of what's happened to Laura and the goings on in the other room. Something about the calm and arrogant tone of his voice always made me smile. And how can you not smile about our introduction to him. Sitting in his marble tub...naked and typing...very unique indeed. As the camera pans across the extravagant apartment we see the proof of his riches in his furniture and the abundance of it. As well as the clock, masks and glass encased treasures from his travels. We watch McPherson poking about, smiling occasionally at all he is seeing. When he meets Waldo very matter of fact and professional. The unimpressed smile returns when Waldo unashamedly gets out of the tub. I think Laura contributes to the film noir style with our murder, the narration, the hard boiled detective the mystery in the surroundings and the haunting music.
  2. I have to agree with some of you who aren't totally sold on the first person POV and that it wasn't totally used throughout the whole scene. I do have to admit though, the scene when the barrel stops and you see our escapee run through that tunnel is pretty impressive. I do think the POV works when he's going up the hill and sees the police, you feel his desperation and that he's running out of time and needs to think of something fast. In the car, you're experiencing his interpretations of the driver, the radio; and as he's looking around...up ahead is that freedom and behind is that police and a return to prison. When the car stops right at that road sign...very effective ending to the scene.
  3. Such urgency. The speed of the train and the loudness of the wheels on the track along with the great camera angles on the front and side of the train...loved it. The shot of the other train passing, and the light at the end of the tunnel as it grows are incredible. Enter music that leads to you to the station, as the music builds to that stunning shot of the station. Black and white can be so powerful.
  4. A hot lazy evening, with the camera leading through a moon lit plantation of tired workers, panning across to the house to that front door. You're anticipating something, but not expecting a gunshot or six. She's a cool customer as she plies him with shot after shot. The clouds covering up the moon putting our dead body in the darkness and then peeking out again to have Miss Davis' shadow loom over him. This is film noir to me. The shadows, the murder, the unemotional stare of the murderess...classic Bette Davis.
  5. Dread. Right from the start with the children singing this childlike song about a murderer, you know something is not right. The parents not too worried about the safety of their children with a murderer on the loose. The little girl by herself, not being picked up at school like some of the other children, going home where she is almost run over by a car. She bounces the ball towards the poster eerily leading us to the shadow of the man in the fedora. We all know what's coming! I find the absence of music in the five minutes ghostly. Every sound we do hear seems louder and unexpected. Quiet a powerful few moments.
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